Beyoncé as Conjure Woman: Reclaiming the Magic of Black Lives (That) Matter

The first image we see of Beyoncé, in her newly released video for her song “Formation,” is the pop star atop a New Orleans police car, partly submerged in flood water.  At once invoking the tragedy of post-Katrina devastation and police brutality—both extensions of state violence against black lives—Beyoncé strategically positions her body, clad in […]

The Woeful State of Women in Journalism

Journalists hold a key power and a vital responsibility in our society: They control the information the public receives about the world. Journalists uncover corruption and injustice; they influence government action and public opinion. But women, for the most part, are kept on the sidelines in this field—and are largely barred from the influence that […]

How Samatha Bee’s New Late-Night Show is Tackling Gender Diversity Behind the Scenes

Reprinted with permission from Women and Hollywood Samantha Bee and her team for her new talk show, Full Frontal, are putting their money where their mouths are. “The talent is out there, so late-night shows need to stop saying, ‘Diversity is a priority’ and instead make it a reality,” Nell Scovell, a former writer for […]

7 British Feminist Shows to Binge-Watch on Netflix in 2016

When we started to compile a list of binge-worthy feminist shows streaming on Netflix, we couldn’t help but notice that a huge number of them were produced in the U.K. So we’ve rounded up some of Britain’s best for your viewing pleasure—from murder mysteries to midwives. These seven programs explore the lives, loves, professions and aggravations of […]

5 Great Feminist Moments from the 2016 Golden Globes

We may have lost Amy and Tina as (the best-ever) hosts of the Golden Globes, but this year’s show included a number of great feminist moments. Take a look below for five of our faves! 1. Ricky Gervais called out Hollywood’s gender pay gap. Ricky Gervais kicked off the Globes with some highly offensive—and, thankfully, poorly received—transphobic jokes. But […]

9 Feminist Podcasts to Stream in 2016

As we’ve watched the podcast “Serial” continue to top charts in its second season, we were interested to find out which feminist podcasts are making waves. We discovered some that have established audiences over the years, while others have just come on the scene—but all are guaranteed to educate and entertain! Check out our picks for nine […]

As Subtle as the Pose

Reprinted with permission from Jennifer Moss About 10 years ago when the Internet bubble popped, I took up a new career to pay the rent. I had a good camera, back before everyone had one on their phones. So I hung out my shingle and started doing headshots and model portfolios and was fairly decent […]

The Dangerous Ramifications of Newsweek’s Rape Accusations Story

For a few years, I was the public educator for a regional sexual assault center situated in an emblematically stale strip mall on the cusp of the almost-Toronto suburbs. The center supports victims of sexual and domestic violence, assisting clients through counseling and various practical services, from police reporting and hospital visits to finding new […]

Gloria Steinem’s Christmas Wish

Car service app Uber has come under fire more than once in the past year. Not only has the company faced allegations of sexual assault perpetrated by drivers, but multiple recent claims suggest that Uber, and similar ride-hailing app Lyft, violate the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by failing to accommodate passengers with disabilities. On Dec. 5 at The BETTY Effect‘s annual holiday concert, Gloria Steinem took […]

“Transparent” Creator Jill Soloway: “Feminism Is Just About to Break Open”

If you’ve seen Jill Soloway’s Amazon show Transparent, you know why fans and critics alike are anxiously awaiting the Season Two premiere on Dec. 11. And if you’re still not on the Soloway bandwagon, you may decide to jump aboard after reading about the showrunner’s commitment to trans activism, and her take on modern feminism. Soloway appeared on […]